Mannes requires applicants in piano, violin, cello, flute, voice, and composition to submit prescreening materials as part of their application for admission. You must submit your recording electronically through
The New School waives application fees for those who meet the eligibility guidelines outlined in the online application.
Letters of recommendation are required for all applicants — one for undergraduate applicants, two for graduate applicants. Please review the
for more information.
You will receive a confirmation email, which will be sent to the email address included in the online application.
An Individual application checklist will be posted on the
soon after we receive your application. Please allow up to two weeks from the date you submit any supporting materials for these to be noted on the
is essential that we receive your application, as complete as possible,
as well as the $50 application fee by the deadlines listed on the
website. If you anticipate
that other required materials, such as the letters of recommendation or
the official transcripts, will be late, please ensure that they arrive
shortly after the deadline.
Deferral guidelines can be found on the Accepted Students website.
Please see the
section of this website for details of audition requirements.
Applicants for Orchestral Conducting, Theory, Composition, and Collaborative Piano must audition live in New York City. All other applicants are strongly encouraged to audition live in New York City or at one of our regional audition sites. However, video auditions will be accepted if this is not possible. Please see the Audition Requirements for more detailed information regarding video audition repertoire.
Applicants for the Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma programs should refer to
for repertoire guidelines.
If you have auditions at other schools that conflict with your appointment at Mannes, please email
as soon as possible. We will do our best to work with you to accommodate your schedule.
Applicants who pass the pre-screen or do not have a pre-screen requirement will be contacted and asked to use our online audition scheduling software to select their own audition date and time from all available spots.
We recommend that applicants audition in March. Although applicants receive full consideration in our May auditions, certain majors may be closed if enrollment has been filled from March auditions.
Mannes is a highly competitive conservatory. The admission process is designed to provide us with a complete picture of each applicant. The Admission Committee weighs a variety of criteria, including performance ability, musicianship skills, and potential as well as English language aptitude (for applicants whose first language is not English), musical and academic background, and letters of recommendation.
We are concerned most about your artistry and therefore do not require SAT I/II or ACT scores.
The number of applications varies each year; therefore, it is hard to provide a specific percentage. We generally admit about one third of applicants.
Programs of Study
page on this site for information about our degree and diploma programs.
Mannes does not have a jazz major, but The New School's College of Performing Arts does include the
School of Jazz
. If you would like to contact the School of Jazz's Office of Admission, email
At this time, Mannes does not offer any part-time programs. Applicants interested in part-time options should look into The New School's
Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
for some excellent part-time and non-degree options.
Yes. Mannes awards merit-based scholarships to approximately 75 percent of its students. Scholarship awards are determined by a committee of faculty members, administrators, and financial aid advisors at the time of the audition. Most awards are between 25 and 50 percent of tuition.
Student Financial Services
strives to ensure that all qualified students attending Mannes benefit from the broad array of financial aid programs available, including scholarships, grants, and loans.
Need-based scholarships, loans, and federal grants are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA code: 002780). This application can be obtained online at
Mannes offers its students accommodation through New School Housing.
New School Housing provides modern and affordable accommodations to undergraduate and graduate students.
While students are free to choose to live in any residence hall offered by The New School (according to degree program), Mannes first-year students are assigned placement in the apartment-style suites whenever possible. Housing is guaranteed for first-year students.
Many Mannes students prefer to find accommodations independent of The New School. We do not require students to live in on-campus housing. For information about nonuniversity housing, we recommend consulting the New York Times and Village Voice websites.
The Admission Office encourages you to meet with a member of our faculty with whom you are interested in studying. If you would like to schedule a lesson or meeting,
email the faculty member directly
or call our office at 212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040. Please remember that you are auditioning us, too!
Tours of Mannes, scheduled through the Welcome Center, are available Monday through Friday. We think there is no better way for you to learn about our community of artists. To schedule a visit, email Denise Rodriguez at
, or call our office at 212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040.
Students interested in transferring from other colleges may enter at the start of the second semester in January, subject to the approval of the Admission Committee. The application deadline for mid-year enrollment is October 15. Auditions take place in early December. Please contact the Admission Office for information regarding the number of openings. Not all fields will have openings for mid-year entrance.
All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The minimum score required for TOEFL (IB) is 79, for IELTS is 6.5, and for PTE is 53. Our TOEFL institution code is 2398.
If English is your second language, you are required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score. Mannes does not accept SAT scores in place of the TOEFL.
"Native language" is defined as the main language you grew up speaking at home.
Yes. We request that TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores be current (not more than two years old). Scores more than two years old will not be accepted unless the applicant has been studying in a college or university in the United States and includes a letter requesting exemption with his or her
Yes. Scores must be current (no more than two years old) and must be sent directly to Mannes by the testing service. Scores more than two years old will not be accepted unless the applicant has been studying in a college or university in the United States and includes a letter requesting exemption with his or her application material.
Mannes will not accept photocopies of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. All scores must be sent directly to Mannes by the testing service.
We strongly encourage you to take the test by December 15 to ensure that the score arrives in time for you to receive an audition.
For applicants auditioning in May, Mannes requires that all TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores be submitted by May 1; applicants must therefore take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam by April 1.
Mannes will not be able to determine the results of applications submitted without all the required materials.
"First language" is defined as the language of the country in which a student has completed his or her primary (elementary school) education or the main language he or she grew up speaking at home. If this applies to you, you are not required to take the test.
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